This generation of believers has an extreme aversion to commandments and discipline. Any instruction that tells us what to do (or tells us that we are wrong) is seen as controlling, confining or condemning.
This is a mindset that must be overcome, if we are to follow the Master.
The modern-day church would have you believe that our God is a relational God, and that is true. We are told to express our love for God by “Walking in the Spirit,” “Talking to God,” and “Worship.” But somehow, obedience to His written Word is rarely emphasized in today’s sermons . . . after all, you have to keep the tithers happy.
If we dig into the Word (both Old and New Testaments), we find that our obedience to the commandments of God are THE SIGN of our love for Him.
1 John 5:2-3
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
Sounds kinda “legalistic,” doesn’t it? Here’s a little something to chew on for awhile, and it may offend some:
- What do YOU think John was referring to, when He talked about obeying His commandments? Remember, there was NO New Testament back then.
- What commandments did Jesus teach?
- Did Jesus teach different commandments than what God laid out in the Old Testament?
We are definitely “saved by grace through faith” in Yeshua, but if our lives don’t exhibit an obedience to the written Word . . . what does that say about our salvation?Kevin Kleint
Originally written 02.15.2012